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How Does The Countertop Buying Process Work?

So, you are interested in renovating your home, but want to understand all of the nitty gritty details before you get started. Don’t worry, here’s everything you need to know about the countertop buying process.

Before you start your renovation project, it is important to understand how the countertop buying process works to ensure everything runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible. After all, we want you to have these new countertops installed as soon as possible so you can start enjoying your new kitchen or bathroom.

Step 1: Choosing Your Countertops

This is the most exciting step of the renovation project; choosing your new kitchen countertops! Here at UMI, we offer an extensive array of materials from granite and quartzite, marble, quartz, porcelain, Vetrazzo, and more.

Tip: Our most popular countertop material at the moment are our Pompeii Quartz collection and Infinity porcelain surfaces!

To choose your countertops, come visit us at one of our five locations. UMI Stone offers four showrooms conveniently located throughout Florida, as well as a new Stone Galerie in Atlanta, GA to best serve you. Our design showrooms have all of our material displayed for your viewing so you can browse our full inventory in person. A UMI Representative will also be able to assist you every step of the way, answering any questions you may have in regard to what material best suits your home and lifestyle.



Step 2: Get an Estimate/ Determine How Much Material You Need

Are you getting new countertops for your kitchen or will you be remodeling a few other rooms in the house, such as the bathroom or laundry room? In order to provide you with an estimate, your fabricator will need to determine the total square footage of your project. Typically, a simple sketch with measurements of your project area should suffice.

*This step is solely completed by the Fabricator. UMI is not responsible for the measurement of square footage needed to complete your project.

Step 3: Decide on Edge Details

With every countertop installation comes an edge detail. Various edges reflect a unique style to further emphasize your home’s design; whether you prefer an ultra-modern kitchen or a traditional looking style, there is an edge that is made for you! Based on the type of material you select, your fabricator will be able to share various edge options with you that are most common for the stone selected as well as what edge style best fits your lifestyle.

*This process is completed with your fabricator.


Step 4: Fabrication/ Installation

Great! Looks like you have decided upon a countertop and are ready for the material to be fabricated and installed. From this point forward, your preferred fabricator will make arrangements with you on next steps in order to get your new counters into your home where they can be enjoyed by yourself, friends and family!

Please note that UMI only sells and distributes the finest and most exotic stones in Florida and Georgia, with warehouses and showrooms located in Naples, Boynton Beach, Tampa, Jacksonville, and Atlanta, and thus do not handle the fabrication and installation of the counters. Looking for a fabricator near you? Click here.

So, what are you waiting for?! Stop by one of our design centers today to view the most popular countertop options in the market! You can also browse our full inventory online and order a free Pompeii Quartz sample at

For more information on countertop types, interior design, and more, check out our blog or contact us today.

Forum Quartz is sold exclusively outside of Florida

Pompeii Quartz is only sold in Florida